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Mammoth Ivory Mandarin Ducks, Black Onyx Necklace
This carved mammoth ivory piece is carved on one side and natural mammoth ivory on the other side. The carving is of two mandarin ducks on a lake with water lilies. I have beaded this beautiful piece with a double strand of 9 mm black onyx and finished it with a 18k gold vermeil hook clasp to make a one-of a-kind dramatic necklace.
The mammoth ivory piece is about 1 1/2" in diameter and is suspended from the black onyx that is 19 1/2" long.
The duck is the symbol of marital fidelity. The mandarin duck is symbolic of marital fidelity, affection and happiness. Pairs of Mandarin ducks swimming amongst water weeds are particularly favored as a design on 14th century blue and white Chinese porcelain.
Mammoth Ivory comes from tusk of the extinct mammoth elephant that lived on the Earth from about 4.8 million to 10,000 years ago. They has been preserved in ice in the Arctic areas of Siberia, North Canada or Alaska and are found as the ice melts. Although elephant ivory is banned, fossilized mammoth ivory has been legal for over 300 years as it does not threaten any living species, and is therefore, eco-friendly and there are no restrictions on selling or buying it. Mammoth ivory is rare and expensive since they have been extinct for millions of years. The artisans that carved elephant ivory in such beautiful detail in the past are now carving mammoth ivory. I believe wearing mammoth ivory encourages the preservation of the African elephant.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: black and white, Size: 20"
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